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Posted at 5:06 PM ET, 02/24/2011

2nd guilty plea in voter fraud case

By Washington Post Editors

Christy Goodman reports on the Virginia Politics blog that Cheryl Simmons pleaded guilty to voter fraud Thursday in Arlington Circuit Court. first reported the plea.

Simmons and William Cockerham were indicted in December for voter fraud. Both were hired to collect petition signatures in a failed effort to change Arlington's form of government. Cockerham pleaded guilty this month.

Virginia law requires that each signature collected is witnessed by a person who can vote or register to vote. Simmons signed off on petitions that she did not circulate and is a convicted felon, making her ineligible to vote in Virginia, said Richard E. Trodden, the commonwealth's attorney, in his proffer of evidence.

What is more, Simmons told Shawn Wilmoth, president of Signature Masters, that she had a felony embezzlement conviction in 2007, Trodden said.

Read the entire post on the Virginia Politics blog.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 5:06 PM ET
Categories:  Politics, Virginia  
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